Academic journal article Air Power History

Destined for Glory: Dive Bombing, Midway, and the Evolution of Carrier Airpower

Academic journal article Air Power History

Destined for Glory: Dive Bombing, Midway, and the Evolution of Carrier Airpower

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Destined for Glory: Dive Bombing, Midway, and the Evolution of Carrier Airpower. By Thomas Wildenberg. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2012. Tables. Photographs. Illustrations. Notes. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. PP. xvi, 258. $22.95 Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59114-969-9

In 1998, Naval Institute Press originally published this work as a hardback. Now, fourteen years later, it has released it as a paperback. Presumably, the paperback edition is identical to the original; there is nothing to indicate otherwise. Regardless, Wildenberg's interest and insight into the development of the U.S. Navy after World War I and before World War II is obvious. His other books have discussed the development of the torpedo bomber and the process of underway replenishment.

Proceeding for the most part in a chronological sequence, Wildenberg examines how the arrival of the first American aircraft carriers (Langley, Lexington, and Saratoga) in the late 1920s began to affect Navy doctrine. Far from focusing solely on the technical advances that eventually would lead to precision dive bombing as the most efficient method by which to sink maneuvering vessels at sea, Wildenberg offers interesting insight into the personalities that drove naval aviation's formative years. For good reason, Joseph Reeves and William Moffett receive special attention.

The book examines the annual fleet exercises in detail, as the old-school admirals sometimes struggle to integrate the force-multiplying effect of the carriers. …

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